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Will the U.S. Arming of Kurdish-Led Northeast Rebels in Syria Provoke Turkey? (Video)

Not only is the U.S. supply of weapons to rebels in the Northwest in danger of fueling a proxy war with the Russian Federation, but Washington’s supply of weaponry to the Democratic Forces of Syria sets up a proxy struggle with its own NATO ally, Turkey.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

The Final Collapse of Bush’s Nation-Building: Kunduz Falls to Taliban

On Monday, the Taliban swept into the provincial capital of Kunduz, taking it in half a day from a large and well-equipped Afghan National Army force.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Gets a Foreign Policy

After 25,000 people asked, Sen. Bernie Sanders added a few words to his presidential campaign website about the 96 percent of humanity he’d been ignoring.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Pope Francis Endorses the Iran Deal: Another Dilemma for GOP Catholic Candidates

Pope Francis is becoming an increasing problem for Republican Catholic presidential contenders because he keeps intervening directly and unambiguously on certain policy issues.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Intel Chief Admits Iraq and Syria May Not Survive as States (Video)

Public remarks by the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and by CIA Director John Brennan suggest that Washington may be starting to accept the possibility of a breakup of both Syria and Iraq. But that’s not necessarily how things will turn out.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Michael Moore Plays a Big Prank on Audiences in ‘Where to Invade Next’

The title of documentarian Michael Moore’s latest provocative cinematic production is “Where to Invade Next.” Probably a blistering critique of U.S. foreign policy, right? Not exactly.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Taxpayers Fund Yet Another Unneeded Building in Afghanistan

The U.S. military shelled out millions before deciding the project was unnecessary, bringing the total for unused buildings spotted by the inspector general for Afghanistan to nearly $42 million.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Watch Donald Trump Epically Fail Foreign Policy Quiz

On the Hugh Hewitt radio show, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination fumbled his way through a foreign-policy pop quiz before announcing, “I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.” Oh, dear.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Policy Backing Saudi Intervention Needs to Change Now

Calling for further intervention by the Saudi monarchy in the battle against Islamic State is like saying the Koch Brothers need to get more involved in U.S. politics.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Poll Shows Only 1 in 4 Americans Wants More U.S. Involvement Abroad; Cuba and Iran Low on List

A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, done before the Iran deal was announced by President Obama, shows how out of touch most of the presidential candidates are on foreign policy public opinion.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Bet

Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Donald Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: GOP Destructiveness, Bush and Clinton Dynasties and 2016

On Sunday’s edition of KPFA’s “Sunday Show” with Philip Maldari, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer commented on the belligerence, ignorance, misogyny and neofascism on display in last week’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics (Video)

President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it also has a geopolitical and economic dimension.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Iran’s Khamenei Praises Nuclear Deal but Slams U.S. Foreign Policy (Video)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical Leader, appeared to be attempting to mollify hard-liners in his Friday prayers addresses.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Deal: Why Should We Heed the Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

What everyone should remember about the agreement’s most prominent foes is something they will never mention: their own shameful record in promoting our very worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Foreign Entanglements Derailed the American Experiment (Part 8 of 10)

In the eighth installment of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that American leaders “lost sight of the essential wisdom of the American experiment,” which was that if you enable prosperity “for your own people, and if it’s good, others will follow it.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

Russia or China: Who Should Lead America’s Enemies List?

Lacking consensus about who constitutes the United States’ principal great-power adversary, it has become increasingly difficult for Washington policymakers to forge long-term strategic plans. And yet, there is no reason to assume that the anointment of a common enemy—a new Soviet Union—will make this country and the world any safer than it is today.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

Tehran Press on Talks: From ‘Iran Will Be U.S. Strategic Ally’ to ‘U.S. Sanctions Are Here to Stay’

The Iranian press has reacted in a whole range of ways to the current round of negotiations between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

The policy of giving Iraqis American-made weapons to destroy American-made military vehicles previously provided to them illustrates Washington’s larger madness in microcosm.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Middle East Policy of President John Ellis ‘Jeb’ Bush: Iraq, Iran Wars?

It is hard to know what Jeb Bush’s Middle East policy would be from his wibbly-wobbly pronouncements, but that it would be imperial and aggressive can be deduced from his foreign policy advisory team.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The West Isn’t Out to Save Ukraine; It’s Out to Profit From a Growing Crisis

In a series of interviews for The Nation, Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly shows why, at a time when “Ukraine needs rescuing,”  the IMF, Europe and Western corporations have no interest in actually saving the country from disaster.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky Explains How Islamic State Grew Out of the Iraq War

The linguist and activist talks with an Iraq War veteran and answers questions collected by human rights activists from people currently living under siege in Fallujah.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff

The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE

Perils of the Public Intellectual: Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West

Professor and author Michael Eric Dyson resents West’s critique of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. But rather than weigh these criticisms, he positions West as a spurned lover, angry and bitter that he did not get a ticket to Obama’s 2008 inauguration.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky: Exceptionalism Is a Concept Held by Every Great Power and It’s Always Wrong

In a conversation with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, Noam Chomsky explains why American exceptionalism is neither unique nor founded on truth and how U.S. foreign policy only benefits the most powerful Americans.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama’s Outreach to the Latin American Left and Iran

President Obama met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE

What If U.S. and U.N. Sanctioned Israel Over Its Nukes as They Did Iran Over Its Enrichment Program?

There is a lot of talk about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the ways in which an Iranian bomb would provoke Saudi Arabia and others to acquire nuclear warheads of their own. But for decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE

Bibi and Boehner

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

GOP and Foreign Policy

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The Ukraine Mess Is the Worst of Obama’s Many Foreign Policy Disasters

The most devastating criticism that historians are likely to have of Barack Obama’s record in the White House is his devastating failure in foreign policy—a failure that stems from his willingness to leave the warrior ideologues of the State and Defense departments in place after becoming president.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

The GOP’s Letter to Iran: Top 5 Similarities Between Republicans and Iran’s Hard-Liners

On Monday, 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran warning that country that any agreement only approved by President Obama—and not by Congress—might not last longer than his last day in office.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE

As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ U.S. Allies in Syria, Will the U.S. Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with the Islamic State group involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq and training up a “third force,” essentially creating a new, “moderate” Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaida and ISIL.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE

Why Jeb Bush Can’t Escape Dubya’s Dubious Legacy

Being singled out as “the smart brother” in an American political and financial dynasty like the Bush family must be a heavy load.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush Is Peddling Old Iraq Myths Again (Video)

Jeb Bush gave a maiden foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday in which he confused Iran with Iraq and alleged with science fictional inaccuracy that Daesh (Islamic State) has 200,000 men under arms.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

A Breakdown of the Top Foreign Policy Points in Obama’s Speech

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address slighted foreign policy in favor of touting domestic progress and proposing new domestic initiatives. But there were some foreign policy highlights worth underlining.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE

Go West, Young Han

The new Yiwu-Madrid railway across Eurasia is the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road,” conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE

This Is What Will Happen If the GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks

The Republican Party is already conniving at ways to derail the U.S.-Iran negotiations over Tehran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE

Some Surprisingly Progressive Outcomes of the 2014 Midterm Elections

We all knew Republicans would take control of the Senate, but American voters had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

How a Republican Congress Could Entangle the U.S. Further in the Middle East

It is not surprising that the GOP gained control of the Senate, but how will the change affect foreign policy?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

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The U.S. Is Backing Out of Afghanistan and Taking Its Military Housing With It

After 13 years in Afghanistan, a belligerent period considered to be “America’s longest war,” combat troops are coming home. But they’re not the only ones packing up in the country.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE

Islamic State Has Forced 1,500 Women, Girls and Boys Into Sexual Slavery, According to the U.N.

The heinous sexual violence Islamic State is inflicting on entire families is a form of warfare with long-lasting effects and a “crime against humanity,” former CIA analysts Aki Peritz and Tara Maller argue in Foreign Policy magazine, but for some reason the subject’s barely been broached by the West.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

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